Graduate Scholarship: Achieving Near Zero Energy Building Standards in a changing climate

University of West London - School of Computing & Engineering

The University wishes to appoint a Graduate Scholar who will register as a full-time MPhil/PhD student and undertake a research project to develop knowledge for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Research Title: Achieving Near Zero Energy Building Standards in a changing climate

The UK Government is committed, under the Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA), to an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. Reduction of the emissions caused by buildings will significantly contribute to meeting this target. This research will investigate the current practices for designing Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) and examine whether they are operational when considering future climate projections. Building modelling and simulation tools will be used in order to study the performance of buildings under current and future weather conditions. Results of this research will be utilised by CIBSE to provide guidance to its members, and the wider industry, for the design of new buildings and retrofitting existing buildings to NZEB standards.

This is a collaborative project between the University of West London, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Hilton Worldwide.

The project will:

  • Critically review current knowledge on NZEB, weather data and tools used for the assessment of building performance and evaluation of renewable technologies in buildings
  • Develop a methodology for the analysis of NZEB design standards using CIBSE weather data and validating it against measured data
  • Identify the key design factors that contribute to the reduction of energy in commercial and residential buildings
  • Based on the above analysis, and using CIBSE future weather data, investigate the performance of the NZEB under a future climate
  • Produce practical guidelines for designing NZEB in the UK, for now and in the future.
  • Establish the relationship between cost-optimal and NZEB standards by assessing and comparing different energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

The Scholarship will offer:

  • MPhil/PhD tuition fee waiver at the UK/EU rate (Non UK/EU nationals must provide evidence of funding to cover the difference between the home and international student tuition fee level (this would be approximately £7,000 per year);
  • Stipend of £14,160 per annum;
  • Support, subject to satisfactory performance and academic progress, for three years;
  • Supervision by Dr Ali B-Jahromi (UWL)

Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least Merit on a Master of Engineering (MEng) or Master of Science (MSc) in a relevant area including Civil or Mechanical Engineering. Applicants must also have a keen interest in energy issues combined with an excellent knowledge of statistical analysis and computational simulation.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

To apply, please send your full CV and a covering letter indicating how your research knowledge and experience is appropriate for the research study to by Monday 5 December 2016.

For further information, please contact Dr Ali B-Jahromi at

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